Posted on July 5, 2005

Man Linked To Series of Attacks Arrested

San Diego Union-Tribune, July 2

DOWNTOWN — A 25-year-old man has been arrested in connection with unprovoked random attacks on pedestrians walking near San Diego City Hall over recent months, police said.

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The arrest came after witnesses saw a man board a bus following an attack of a Navy enlisted man who was pushed to the ground from behind and repeatedly kicked about the head about 3:15 p.m., Hastings said.

The victim remains hospitalized and has undergone reconstructive surgery.

There have been five other attacks since April 5 in the same area of Third Avenue and C Street. Two other victims also were hospitalized.

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All victims have been white males. The suspect is black.

“We are investigating this as a hate crime,” Hastings said.

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